Is your main quibble with Downton Abbey that you have never been to Downton Abbey? You're in luck: NBC is developing a spinoff of the show set right here in the U.S. of America. And Julian Fellowes, the Fellowes behind Downton, is writing and producing it.
Unfortunately, the show's title has not been translated into American English, either as "Church from out Around the Way" or the perennially typo'd "Downtown Abbey." Instead, it will be called The Gilded Age and it will take place a couple decades before the beautifully costumed dramas of Downton Abbey, in the 1880s. Think less, "Is this Lady Mary's fiancé-cousin, Patrick Crawley? I thought he drowned with the Titanic," and more, "Is this Lucretia Rudolph's president-husband, James Garfield? I thought he was assassinated."
The Telegraph quotes Fellowes as describing The Gilded Age's setting as "a vivid time with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls; of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king." So expect lots of TENSE DISCUSSIONS conducted in LOW VOICES.
The show will take place in New York City, making it a natural replacement for Gossip Girl, which is wrapping up this year.
[Telegraph // Image via AP)